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Regimental number6251
Place of birthGuildford, Victoria
OccupationDock painter
Address262 Grant Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Davidson, 262 Grant Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 18), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Town. South Melbourne, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916. Found guilty, at sea, 14 October 1916, of smoking on parade: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay. Marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Perham Downs, 30 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 December 1916, and marched in to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 18 December 1916; taken on strength, 7th Bn, 24 December 1916.

Found guilty, 17 February 1917, of neglect of duty in that he left a fatigue party without permission: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Reported missing in action, Belgium, 4-5 October 1917; fate subsequently confirmed as killed in action. Reported killed in the advance on Passchendaele, and buried near Dressing Station.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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